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Dona Nobis Pacem 2011

Well, tomorrow's Blog Blast For Peace Day; a day when bloggers around the world all blog about one thing: P-E-A-C-E. It's a serious subject. But seeing how I manage a humour blog I have a bit of a different take on the subject. This is the post I've published annually for the last couple of years. Due to popular demand, namely mine, I thought I'd run it again. Enjoy. And peace.

In the giant land of Gastronomia, government leaders and their bureaucrats were all in a tizzy. The plump Prime Minister of Gastronomia was about to host a conference of the world's key leaders to discuss the fragile state of peace in the world and there wasn't a moment to lose to ensure, down to the minutest detail, all plans could be accomplished in time for the upcoming meeting of the Gastronomic 8.

The finest of hotel suites would have to be booked, the fanciest limousines would have to be leased, a conference centre would need to be found and a top-notch security detail would have to be employed.

But those things paled in comparison to the responsibility handed to Chance Essare, the Prime Minister's chef. Even though he wore a silly grin, Chance had been delegated as the point man responsible for the conference's menu. Yes, that's right. In the land of fine food, Chance would have to whip up the perfect meal. Chance knew the culinary challenge that lay before him, and the special kitchen implements required to do so, but he was a professional and it was a whisk he was willing to take.

Chance alone would be responsible for keeping the Gastronomic 8 satiated and satisfied. The slightest mistake could result in gastric acid or indigestion at the conference table manifested by a possible hiccup in the proceedings. Heaven help us all if Chance's repast jeopardized world peace and resulted in resounding burps flying across the table like the reports of AK-47s. Worse yet, if Chance's vital vittles were more difficult to digest than the oratory of the peace discussions, odours of war might arise far worse than any pungent mustard gas from World War I.

But what to prepare, what to prepare? Chance knew he had to come up with a culinary delight that appeased all members. A Cordon Bleu dish might tick off the Italians. Similarly, a pasta delight might blow-off the Brits, although they weren't known for their sense of taste, let alone their sense of style. But that's a story for another day. For days Chance stewed (pun intended) over his dilemma.

After two weeks, his sous-chef, Sue (that's right, a real Sue chef) and other sundry cook-like assistants intervened and arrived at a dish sure to preserve peace around the table and thus ensure peace around the world. Chance was amazed at it's simplicity and knew Sue and her culinary colleagues had saved the day with their immortal words:

"All we are saying, is give pizza, Chance."


There are many other takes on "peace" to be found @ Blog Blast For Peace. And I'd be remiss if I didn't give a tip of the hat to Mimi Lenox, the founder and director of Blog Blast For Peace. She has been the driving force behind this worldwide effort every year. She works tirelessly for the cause 365 days a year. Personally I don't know how she does it and still retains her good looks.


meleahrebeccah said…
I've never read this blog post before and I am so happy you reposted it!

"All we are saying, is give pizza, Chance."

nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Meleah. I've always liked this post. You might say like beans it deserved repeating.
Nicky said…
Very punny, my friend! I know why you wouldn't want it, but I'm surprised Chance didn't immediately think of peas. (Sigh. Ok, you punny, me not punny. Sorry.)
Jamie said…
Laughter in peace is much better than the tears of war.
Nonamedufus said…
No one automatically thinks of peas, Nicky.
Nonamedufus said…
Well said, Jamie
Karen Jo said…
Delightful. Peace be with you today and every day.
nonamedufus said…
Glad you enjoyed it, Karen Jo. Thanks for stopping by.
cheryl said…
ooo you are good Duf ! I really enjoyed this, peace and laughter...
Charlie Cordle said…
I dream of peace in my lifetime
nonamedufus said…
Right. Peace and laughter. I can get behind that.
nonamedufus said…
And I dream of pizza. Is that so wrong? Well, and peace, too.
travisutr2006 said…
I should tell you that this silly little story is a high light of my Blog Blast Day. It's way easier to be peaceful when you're giggling.

Best wishes to you and yours for peace today and in all the days to come.
nonamedufus said…
Well, thanks, travisutr2006. That's high praise indeed.
Anndigirl said…
Who can be anything but peaceful when having a good giggle? Perfect!
nonamedufus said…
Well, unless you giggle too loudly, right?
Tannehillp said…
Now I want pizza too!
Peace be with you.
nonamedufus said…
Deep dish or thin crust? Lots of cheese or tomato paste? Pepperoni?
susan price said…
Darn the lactose intolerant who never give pizza a chance! And when they do...oh the horror!
Peace 2 you!
Adellelaudan said…
Laughter knows no boundaries.
Peach be with you and yours.

Adelle Laudan
Goodnightgram said…
I remember stopping here last year - but that's okay. I read the story again and smiled again. Peace!
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Great blog for peace!
nonamedufus said…
Well, I'm glad you came back even if the pizza might have been a little stale.
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Sherry Blue Sky. Peace.
nonamedufus said…
Well and let's hope one day peace will know no boundaries.
nonamedufus said…
I guess the lactose intolerant would have to make do with vegetables and just give peas a chance.
Mimiwrites2005 said…
Thank you for the hat tip and this very funny punny post on peace day that has caused me to lapse into alliteration. See?
I agree with the above. It's such a simple thing to laugh and smile. You made me do both today and that's tres peaceful.

nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Mimi. I truly admire the efforts you make year round in the name of world peace. I'm glad you enjoyed my little story...again.
Annelisa said…
:-D Just as funny on second read a year later! lol

Thanks for did my belly good x

Peace to you and yours

[A link to your post will be on my blog 'Peace Bloggers Unite' soon]
nonamedufus said…
Just like peace, I guess humour endures.

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